After reading Neil Allen’s article in The News at the weekend, I’m glad I’m not the only one fed up with the awful positioning of the main TV camera at Fratton Park.
It seemed to me that not only had our team fallen from grace, our coverage had too.
At first, I thought it may have been because of the Sky cameraman not fancying the vertigo-inducing climb to the camera platform
As the position of the main TV camera fell, so did our league position!
It felt like no-one cared about us any more.
I’m sure the directors at Sky Sports wouldn’t have put up with the poor view if Pompey were still in the Premier League, but it seemed like they haven’t been bothered ever since.
In my mind, if I was the director of its output, I would say this was totally unacceptable and find a solution as soon as possible. It seems crazy it took so long to get it sorted.
What also seems unacceptable is that the BBC and Channel 5 hadn’t seemed that bothered either.
For me, our coverage on the former Football League Show on BBC1 and the new, very poor show on Channel 5 had become unwatchable.
Some of the other camera positions at League Two clubs are also rather poor, but that is probably due to the low height of their tiny stands.
The south stand at Fratton Park has a perfect, high position for excellent viewing.
At first, I thought it may have been because of the Sky cameraman not fancying the vertigo-inducing climb to the camera platform.
But this had never been a problem for cameramen at Fratton Park since the 1960s. So why now?
Did the health and safety nerds demand that a lift be built?
No, it seems the reason why our coverage over the past few seasons has been so poor is because of a bracket to attach the main camera to!
For goodness sake, was that it?
Surely the cameraman at Sky should have mentioned this to his producer over three years ago so we didn’t have to endure those low angles.
Hopefully now our lofty TV view will be matched by a lofty league position.
Championship football, here we come!